Posted by Richard Perlberg on Jul 25, 2017
Three visitors from the University of Michigan health services told of how they are attacking the growing rate of chronic disease, both globally and locally.
PROGRAM: Three visitors from the University of Michigan gave a presentation about a project that is tackling the issue of the increased rate of chronic diseases, both globally and in the U.S.A.
GUESTS: Maggie, Barnowski; Jim Gilmore; Scott Phillips, Lindsay Debolski, Week One; Mike Lay, Week Three; Matias, foreign exchange student from Chile; Zach Gill; Michael Lenninger; Spencer Fields; Cynthia Synder.
  • The Rotarian blood drive challenge in memory of Doris Longfellow continues through August 7. There are multiple places and days to give blood. Brighton Rotarians or those recruited by Brighton Rotarians should give blood to keep the trophy in Brighton. Call 800-448-3543 for details.
  • Awesome ramp build Wednesday. Merle and Pearl were so appreciative they wrote a check for 1,400 to pay for materials.  Day of Caring ramp builds will be Wednesday, August 16 from 8:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Bus sign-up sheet for Rolling Down the River, which is a trip on the Detroit River to honor 30 years of women in Rotary. Cost for bus ride is 16 bucks a person. Boat is filling up fast, so register now.
  • Pitch Livingston will be September 28 at Brewery Becker. Five grand to best pitch in Shark Tank-like event. Spectators more than welcome.
  • Bill Anderson has raffle tickets for March of Dimes fundraiser; winner gets a cool Ford pick-up.
  • Jim Gilmore says the new Southfield club got out of the gate with 58 members, which makes it the 7th largest in the district. Charter night is September 30 at Hilton Gardens in Southfield; it will be cool.
  • August 8 is date for mixer for Livingston County Rotarians. It’s 5=8 p.m. at Steve Gronow’s estate. Only 10 bucks a person for food, drinks and fellowshiop.
Peggi Bourke was the second to “be uncomfortable” (Carol Bullion was the first). Peggi gave a coveted cold drink on the summer’s hottest day to the young man working at the car wash. Bill Anderson will be uncomfortable next week.
David Burke, Joe Myers and Shirley Chen from the University of Michigan health services were guest speakers. As the university starts its third century, money was made available to projects pitched by various groups within the university. These three were part of a winning project that aims at tackling the alarmingly rapid rate of chronic illness – such as diabetes, stroke, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension – around the world, including USA. Whole communities are affected by chronic diseases; not only the patient but those who must tend to them. There are not enough health care workers to meet current needs, much less to tend to upward trend of diseases. As part of the project, which garnered 1.4 million dollars in grant money, U-M has created freight shipping containers that are portable, sustainable eye clinics that can be literally dropped into third world countries that are otherwise distanced from proper care. They are looking to Rotary as a possible partner since Rotary has a worldwide network of clubs and can be the entry point at bringing this service to countries across the globe.
There was 500 bucks in the pot, but the Ace of Spaces proved elusive to Jim Gilmore, Bob Murray and Melanie Moses.